The Mobile Computing Platform after Smartphones: MSR Cambridge, Lecture Series


Prof Romit Roy Choudhury, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC)


This talk argues that “earables” could be the next milestone in mobile computing after smartphones. With numerous sensors, processors, and radios getting embedded into modern earphones, we envision a new eco-system around the ear. Earables will run voice assistants like Alexa; will sense human motion and gestures; will track health metrics through the ear; and will open new forms of interactions, such as acoustic AR/VR. The leap from today’s ear-phones to “earables” could mimmic the transformation from basic-phones to smart phones. This talk will attempt to foresee the road ahead, with a focus on some of the research questions in the short and long term.


Romit Roy Choudhury is a Jerry Sanders Scholar and Professor of ECE and CS at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). His research interests are in wireless networking, embedded sensing, and signal processing. Along with his students, he received a few research awards, including the ACM Sigmobile Rockstar Award,  the UIUC Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2017 MobiSys Best Paper Award, etc. He was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2018. Visit Romit’s Systems Networking Research Group (SyNRG) at